UMBRAL #4: And Black Waters Remain goes on sale this week.
I think it’s safe to say this is my favourite cover so far; say hello to Black Rojyr, pirate ghost and scourge of the underworld.
In this issue, with Dalone down and out, Rascal and Shayim are trapped in the Umbral, and Black Rojyr isn’t the only apparition interested in what Rascal’s got up her sleeve… or rather, in her tunic.
The order code for issue #4 is DEC130601, and you can read a five-page preview on tumblr.
As always, digital readers can buy UMBRAL from Comixology (where you can also Subscribe to the series), or you can get it DRM-free directly from Image Comics. You can also follow our Twitter account for all the latest updates.
And if you’re “tradewaiting” the series, rejoice! Because UMBRAL Book One: Out of the Shadows is now available for pre-order.
Now, we want as many people as possible to read this book, so we’ve gone a little crazy. It will feature all of the first six issues, including the extra-long #1 and Chris’ amazing covers, making it a one hundred and sixty-eight page volume… all for the rather silly cover price of $9.99.
The ISBN (for bookstores) is 978-1607069843, the Diamond order code (for comic stores) is MAR140551, and it will go on sale May 28. Enjoy.
Here’s the solicitation for the first issue:
“THE RUSSIA SHIFT”, Part One
22,000 MILES UP, THERE IS NO BACKUP.
Working homicide 22,000 miles up on an orbiting energy platform, in a five-mile-long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, with no help from your so-called colleagues back on Earth, is more than tough…it’s murder!
Cynical, foul-mouthed veteran ANTONY JOHNSTON (UMBRAL, Wasteland, Daredevil) gets partnered with fresh-faced idealist JUSTIN GREENWOOD (Wasteland, Resurrection) for a new crime series with attitude!
(And a quick note for retailers: we’ve taken the relatively-unusual-these-days step of overprinting issue #1, so there are plenty of copies available for reorder. We do not intend to quickly sell out and go back to print, because we want to help you get copies in your customers’ hands as quickly as possible. So please, reorder with confidence.)
Finally, Justin will be making two in-store signing appearances on Wednesday to celebrate the launch. If you live around the Bay Area, check his blog for details.
Justin and I will also both be appearing at Emerald City Comic Con in March. I’ll post details about that closer to the time.
UMBRAL #3 goes on sale this week. Look at that cover! You won’t be able to miss it.
‘Blood From a Stone’ finds Rascal and Dalone caught in the smugglers’ caves, hoping for some respite — but there’s not much chance of that, especially when they encounter Shayim…
The order code for issue #3 is NOV130529, and you can read a six-page preview on tumblr.
By the way: the response to #2 was just as awesome as #1, and some readers have even declared UMBRAL their favourite new series. Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is also awesome.
But we also heard from some readers whose stores sold out of UMBRAL #2 before they could buy a copy. Not so awesome.
Now, if that happened with issue #1, you simply had to wait for the second printing. But with issue #2 we deliberately printed enough so that stores could order more copies if they sold out, and they still can. We’re doing the same for #3, too.
So if you miss out, don’t be afraid to ask your store to order a copy for you. The order code for issue #2 is OCT130630, and once again, #3 is NOV130529.
‘Thy Kingdom Gone’ is the final Newbegin issue of the series. Really, truly; everything comes to a head right here, and we finally discover the secret Marcus has been hiding for so long.
Here’s the solicit text:
THE END OF NEWBEGIN IS HERE! The final battle is over, and it is left to the survivors to pick up the pieces. Can Newbegin, the city founded as a new beginning, now itself begin anew? Or are its streets too rotten, too cursed, to be worth saving? One man thinks it’s worth the effort… but not without some big changes.
And you can read a preview on Oni’s tumblr.
WASTELAND #51 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code OCT131261. Digital readers can, as always, buy it from Comixology.
UMBRAL #2 goes on sale at all good comic stores this week.
I even heard from at least two retailers who not only sold out within 48 hrs, but also noted that every customer who read it added the series to their subscription pull list. That’s pretty awesome.
It’s also why, after issue #1 sold out, we immediately went back to press. That 2nd printing, with Chris Mitten’s alternate cover seen here, goes on sale simultaneously with issue #2.
Here’s the solicitation for #2:
“FALLING INTO DARK”
The nightmare creatures called Umbral are invading, and only the young thief Rascal knows it! But in this world, where magic and religion are outlawed, does anyone believe her? And is the mysterious hobo Dalone an ally… or a deadly enemy?!
Issue #2 will also feature our first letters column, which we’re hoping to run in every issue. So don’t be shy, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your thoughts. Maybe even about the comic.
You can read a five-page preview of the issue on Tumblr.
And if you’re into social media, you can follow UMBRAL on tumblr and twitter, where you’ll find lots of news, links, and sneak peeks of upcoming issues (we just posted the rather flippant cover and solicit for issue #5, for example).
WASTELAND #50 goes on sale this week.
‘Burning Inside’ is the penultimate issue of the final Newbegin arc, wherein deceptions are exposed, secrets revealed, and the very survival of the city is at stake…
The streets of the Artisian district run red with blood, as the branded man’s quest comes to an end. All shall be judged… and many found wanting. Who will survive? Is there any mercy in Marcus’ mysterious father? And just how is one noble in particular going to escape the city…?
As always, WASTELAND #50 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is SEP131253) and digital readers can find it at Comixology.
Here’s a link to the book trailer, which explains… well, not a lot, actually, but that’s kind of deliberate. It does, however, give you a really good idea of what you’re letting yourself in for.
And here’s the solicitation for the first issue:
“THE DAY DAWNED TWICE”
A NEW DARK FANTASY FROM THE CREATORS OF WASTELAND! The young thief called Rascal witnesses a horrific crime against the royal family — now the world’s dark legends will be relived, and only Rascal even knows it’s happening!
Master worldbuilder Antony Johnston (DEAD SPACE, DAREDEVIL) and his WASTELAND co-creator Christopher Mitten (BATMAN, CRIMINAL MACABRE) bring you a new fantasy world rich in mythology, history, and blood! Extra-long #1 for the regular price of $2.99!
…So now you know. There’s loads more info at TheUmbral.com, including links to twitter and tumblr, which themselves contains loads of sneak peeks and links. There’s also a preview over at Comic Book Resources.
And if you’d like to get a signed copy, you’re in luck:
As the day dawns twice, come with us into the shadows…
Time for a WASTELAND news round-up…
During the Oni Press panel at New York Comic Con last week, we announced two big pieces of news regarding WASTELAND artists.
First, the legendary Sam Kieth will draw issue #52, our last-ever ‘interlude’ issue! You may know Sam from having created a couple of small indie titles, SANDMAN and THE MAXX… (!) I’m geeking out over having Sam work on WASTELAND, frankly. It’s amazing.
Also amazing, as you no doubt already know, is the inimitable Christopher Mitten, the man who created WASTELAND (and the upcoming UMBRAL) with me. Well, UMBRAL isn’t all we’ve been working on together recently, because…
Chris is returning to WASTELAND to draw the final story arc!
He’ll continue to supply covers, too, never fear. We’ve actually been planning this for some time, so I’m very happy we can finally tell the world. Chris has already begun work on these issues, and I can’t wait for you all to see them.
Issue #49 is now on sale. This is ‘Forever Failure’, as the final Newbegin story arc continues, people die, secrets are revealed, and even now, new alliances are forged.
As Marcus retreats to the safety of council chambers, the branded man wades through the Disciples trying to stop him, led by Jakob! Can anything slow him down? Will Jakob survive staging this defense? And when Marcus and his father finally meet… who will prevail?
The order code for this issue is AUG131392, available from comic stores everywhere and digitally through Comixology. Don’t forget you can now Subscribe at Comixology, too.
Also released today is the much-anticipated Apocalyptic Edition, Volume 3, the latest in our series of gorgeous hardback collections.
Michael and Abi have left the city of Newbegin to the mercy of the Sunners and their rebellion, but they won’t find themselves welcome in the next town they stumble into. Reprinting issues #26-#39 of Wasteland, this second volume also includes the fan-favorite “Walking the Dust” stories and features a color art gallery of covers by Ben Templesmith and Christopher Mitten!
The order code for that is MAY131219, and of course it’s also available from comic stores everywhere, and from better book stores too.
There’s still just about time to pre-order Issue #50, the penultimate issue of this story arc, titled ‘Burning Inside’ (order code SEP131253).
And while you’re about it, you can also pre-order issue #51, ‘Thy Kingdom Gone’, which is the last ever Newbegin issue. The end of an era, or the dawn of a new beginning…? Either way, The order code is OCT131261.
(Can I just say how amazing it is that we’ve even reached issue #50? When I first started WASTELAND, I wasn’t even sure it would last past issue #6. I had no idea if anyone else wanted to read the kind of bleak, epic post-apocalyptic story I’d always wanted to write, let alone enough people to sustain the series through to its end.
But there were, and are, and new readers continue to find it all the time. Because of them, seven (!) years on from our humble beginnings, WASTELAND is now reaching a milestone that not only eludes most indie comics, but frankly eludes most comics, period — even at the largest publishers.
That’s pretty incredible, and it’s all because of our loyal readers. Thank you.)
Finally, Book 09: A Thousand Lies is in next week’s edition of PREVIEWS.
This volume actually collects the final Newbegin story arc — yes, the one we’re still publishing right now! — so you already know what’s going on in it. Apart from the end. Because we haven’t published those issues yet.
Man, comics can be confusing.
Anyway, the order code for this collection is NOV131167. Go forth and pre-order.
CSR CLASSICS is now available to download from the iOS app store (I assume it’ll also be out for Android soon).
Once again, I worked closely with the team in Brighton to develop and expand the world of CSR. CLASSICS is all about restoring and racing vintage automobiles, rather than modern supercars, but everything else you’ve come to expect from CSR is there — amazing graphics, compelling gameplay, memorable characters, some great one-liners, and even a story with a twist…
Basically, CSR CLASSICS is even better than original CSR, and I have no doubt it’ll be just as big a hit, if not bigger. I had a great time writing it, and I hope you all enjoy playing it.
WASTELAND #48 goes on sale this week.
‘Watchfire’ is the mid-point of the final Newbegin story arc, as the branded man finally reaches the city. Violence and chaos ensue…
The branded man is at the gates! Can anything stop him? Perhaps Marcus knows more than he’s letting on… Not that it will matter, if Jakob succeeds in assassinating him during the Festival! But cracks are appearing in everyone’s plans, as the branded man wreaks havoc in the city, and Brother Bryn finds his faith tested… for the last time.
Justin is still posting regular sneak peeks of this arc on Twitter, although it’s getting more and more difficult to find panels that aren’t massive spoilers!
As always, WASTELAND #48 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is JUL131216) and digital readers can find it at Comixology. Don’t forget that you can now also Subscribe at Comixology, ensuring that you never miss an issue.